The ANC Brief: July 19, 2018


Posted at Jul 19 2018 04:04 AM

Just some of the stories ANC will be covering today:

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide and 1987 Constitution framer Atty. Christian Monsod join other groups and individuals during the launch of the "No to Cha-cha Coalition" at UP Diliman in Quezon City on February 13, 2018. File/Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Economic effects

The economic effects of charter change are coming into some focus. Sen. Kiko Pangilinan said federalism would mean more taxes and debts. The Palace also said the shift to federalism would not have any adverse effect on the economy. This is after Socioeconomic Planning Sec. Ernesto Pernia said in a TV interview that federalism would wreck havoc on the country’s economy. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace has “discussed and clarified” the matter with Pernia. The Concom said there would be no economic disruption in federalism, only “greater growth.” ANC will unpack all of this for a good on-air discussion and analysis. At 10:30 a.m., Senate President Tito Sotto will be at a Kapihan and may discuss this issue. Prof. Edmund Tayao of the Concom will be the guest on "Early Edition" to talk about the economic effects of charter change.

New name, new law

On Wedesday night, a bicameral committee approved the Bangsamoro Basic Law, renamed the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region in the Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) or the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Ghadzali Jaafar, chair of the Bangsamore Transition Commission, said they were satisfied with the BARMM. The new BARMM is also something ANC can unpack and outline. What is it and what are the salient points of the law?

National (in)security

For the first time, the government published its national security strategy. In a forum, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon was asked whether according to the plan, the country had been preparing for war with China. Esperon said the country was preparing for peace. He also said the Philippines continues to engage with China over “concerns” in the West Philippine Sea. Marites Vitug will be guest on "Headstart" to talk about her new book on the victory of the Philippines before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague over its maritime disputes with China on the South China.

Up in arms

According to a Reuters report, the Philippines is at risk of breaching sanctions imposed by the US on Russia if the country pushes through with the purchase of 750 rocket-propelled grenade launchers. ANC will get reactions from the Palace and lawmakers. Philippine Ambassador to the US Babe Romualdez will be having lunch with reporters. If Romualdez will take questions, he may be asked about this. ANC will bring you the latest on this issue.

Rains brought by the southwest monsoon flood a section of Araneta Avenue in Quezon City on July 17, 2018. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

More rains

Inday was spotted east of Batanes and continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or the Habagat. This means the weather system will bring rains to Luzon. ANC will bring you the very latest on this weather system and its effects on the country.